Nanlux Evoke 1200 LED Lighting Review – High Output Daylight LED – CineD

March 18, 2022 by No Comments

The Nanlux Evoke 1200 has a lot to offer on paper: high output, a variety of first-party accessories shipping now, built-in DMX and Bluetooth connectivity, and IP54 dust and water resistance — all fantastic, but how does the light operate in the field? Does the hype align with real-world usefulness on location? I took the Evoke 1200 on various productions, and here’s my field review.

Over the past several years, I’ve worked with a variety of lights from Nanlux and sister company Nanlite, and I have to admit the Evoke 1200 feels like a true evolution and clear proof that both companies are listening to feedback. Many of the things I’ve found annoying or in some way “less than” in the early versions of their products have all been addressed with the design of the Evoke 1200. That isn’t to say the Evoke 1200 is perfect (no light is), but this fixture is, without doubt, a huge step in the right direction.

Evoke 1200 – first impression

If you’ve got the idea that LED takes up less of a physical footprint than comparable HMI lighting, let me dispel that notion right now. That isn’t true with the Evoke 1200, which is similar to an Arri M8 once everything is connected. I found it to be much smaller when compared to Mole Richardson fixtures of equivalent wattage I’ve used in the past. The light is large, but once out of the case, probably manageable for the solo user.

Evoke 1200 Flight Case. Image Credit: Graham Sheldon/CineD

Now, let’s talk about that case. Nanlux shipped me the Evoke 1200 in a “flight case” that, when packed with the Evoke lamp head, ballast, yoke, fresnel/barn doors, and applicable cables, weighs 56 lbs. I put quotation marks around “flight case” because it wouldn’t be allowed on most flights in the US without special permission from the airline. At a minimum, I would suggest two people lift the $875 flight case safely. It does come with lockable wheels.

Everything fits neatly inside. Image Credit: Graham Sheldon/CineD

That being said, the case is indestructible (not a word I throw around lightly) and will fit nicely in a rental house without any concern that the interior will be damaged. The case might not be the easiest to travel with without a dedicated G&E truck, but the tradeoff is a really well-built product.

As I began taking the different parts out of the case, I was initially most impressed with the $935 F-35 Fresnel build quality. It’s a bit plasticky on the exterior, but the large front glass element takes me back to the tungsten lighting days (not so long ago!). The fresnel feels classic in all the right ways and could even work as a background art element in a pinch.

For transport, the Evoke 1200 lamp head sits in the F-35 Fresnel with the yoke separated. I would have preferred the lamp head sit disconnected from the fresnel to save time from having to remove the fresnel in order to add another accessory. The head cable and AC sit separately in the case, along with the ballast and a single reflector.

I really appreciate that Nanlux left a spot for a wide reflector in the case, which means we don’t have to pack the reflectors 100% separately. I’ve mentioned this in past reviews, but having everything in a contained kit makes my life and my crew’s …….



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